The latest find brings the death toll to 14, the national fire brigade said today.
The bodies – three men and two women – were recovered hours before families of victims were due to hold the first funerals of those killed in the avalanche.
Eleven people so far have been rescued from in and around the Hotel Rigopiano in the Gran Sasso national park, some of them surviving for two days under ice and rubble.
Rescuers working through the night pulled five more bodies from the wreck of the Hotel Rigopiano
The latest find brings the death toll to 14
Italy avalanche: Devastating pictures after deadly avalanche
Thu, January 19, 2017
A devastating avalanche has hit a hotel in Italy, leaving up to 30 missing.
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An avalanche buried the Hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo.
Rescuers hoped to find more survivors as they yesterday tunnelled into the heart of the building, a day after a litter of three puppies were discovered hiding in the hotel’s boiler room.
Fifteen people are still missing after a 120,000 tonne wall of snow crashed into the four-storey building last Wednesday, hours after earthquakes shook the region.
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Prosecutors in nearby Pescara have opened an investigation into the avalanche.